The Bryan Aquatic Center (BAC) will reopen to patrons on a limited basis beginning July 6. The BAC will open to guests at least 18 years and older to participate in lap swimming and certain programs only; there will be no recreational pool use at this time.
One of the most unique aspects of the recently adopted Midtown Area Plan is Pattern Zoning. The concept of pattern zoning was given a Merit Award in the Emerging Projects category from the Center for New Urbanism (CNU) as part of the organization’s 2020 Charter Awards.
Bryan’s pattern zoning was recognized as a novel technique to lower the barriers to executing high-quality, incremental redevelopment projects within Bryan’s Midtown area. This concept is explained in the “Midtown Pattern Book” section of the Midtown Area Plan. The pattern book outlines four building types – cottage, flex house, apartment house and walkup apartment building – which are proposed to be pre-approved to be built in certain locations within the Midtown neighborhood.
The plans for these pattern buildings include design variations that can be selected by property owners, so that the outer appearance of pattern zone buildings in Midtown will avoid a “cookie-cutter” redundancy.
The CNU Charter Awards recognize exemplary work in urban design, placemaking and community building on regional, neighborhood and street levels. The awards will be officially presented on June 13 at the CNU 28.A Virtual Gathering.